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Joan Landguth - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Joan Landguth Joan Landguth

Adjunct Assistant Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Social work expert, specializing in mental health and human behavior


Joan Landguth is an adjunct lecturer, teaching courses on mental health, human behavior, and family and group practice. She previously taught a course on death, dying and bereavement.

She served as a field instructor for San Diego State University for 30 years and also taught for the University of California, San Diego, Extension Center, Springfield College, and in numerous continuing education and community presentation venues. She was acknowledged as Social Work Field Instructor of the Year for both SDSU and USC in 2011.

Her specialty practice areas have encompassed mental health and behavioral disorders associated with persistent mental illness, as well as ADHD, learning disabilities and developmental disorders. As a clinician, program planner and administrator, she has worked collaboratively across multiple systems to develop and implement holistic, function-focused programs for populations with special needs.

Landguth had planning and implementation roles with San Diego County Mental Health and with the UCSD Department of Psychiatry to support the incorporation of the psychosocial rehabilitation model into their mental health programs. In addition, she worked with other systems in clinical, administrative and grant-funded planning roles to implement specialty models for youth with behavioral and/or mental health disorders. She retired in 2012 as clinical social work supervisor III with the UCSD Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Psychiatric Services, where she led both the social work training program for Gifford Clinic and the Transitional Age Youth treatment program.

Landguth has also been extensively involved in San Diego community activities, including elections to the steering committee and the first board of directors for 211 San Diego; appointment by the city manager to the Citizens Review Board for Police Activities; appointment by the county board of supervisors to the Children’s Mental Health System of Care Heartbeat Consortium; and appointment by the San Diego Unified School District as member and then chair of the community advisory committee for special education. In addition, she served on the board of directors for Episcopal Community Services and for the Learning Disabilities Association. She also was a member of several community advisory committees, including the Head Start Advisory Committee, the Bilateral Task Force Addressing Sex Trafficking and the district attorney’s Prison Re-Entry Task Force.

Education (2)

Washington University in St. Louis: MSW 1979

The University of Oklahoma: BA 1973

Areas of Expertise (3)

Social Work Supervision

Sex Trafficking

Psychosoial Rehabilitation

Industry Expertise (5)

Health and Wellness

Social Services



Mental Health Care

Accomplishments (2)

Social Work Field Instructor of the Year (professional)

Awarded by the USC School of Social Work

Social Work Field Instructor of the Year (professional)

Awarded by the San Diego State University School of Social Work